Art Inspiration from an Unlikely Source

I follow and get inspired by several more experienced bloggers online. One of them is Kris from Driven by Decor.  She has really great taste and I just hope one day I get to be as good as her when it comes to putting things together and making them look spectacular. She has been debating for a while now whether or not she will change her fireplace tile and has provided her readers with several options of what has come to mind. One of them being this beauty here from Cement Tile Shop.

How beautiful are these!!!!

I fell in love with them right away, but of course I have no need for them and even if I did, they are kinda pricey, well at least not in this Latina’s budget. Continue reading

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How to Sew a Table Runner

Happy Monday! I am glad to share probably one of the easiest sewing projects EVER! As I was about to cut out the fabric for my dining chairs that I recovered here, I noticed that I had much more fabric than I was going to need. I realized that the measurements I needed to make new covers was half the width of the fabric so I decided to cut them out lengthwise in order to leave one long strip of fabric that I could use to make a matching table runner. It worked out perfectly and I even had enough fabric for an extra seat cover in case I ever stained a chair beyond the point of repair and had to recover it again.

I started researching online what the standard length and width of a table runner would be, but then I quickly realized, not all tables are the same width, not every table runner is the same length and in this case, since I leave my table extended for an 8 setting table, my table runner would be longer than your average one anyways so I kinda put everything I read together to come up with the perfect formula for me.

So let’s get to it!

How to Sew a Table Runner

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DIY Batman Carved Art

Okay friends, this post has been a long time coming, but I just never seem to get around to it. Last year, you may or may not remember, I created a Batman nursery for my nephew. I am not a real “theme” kinda gal, so I wanted to create a piece of art that would be Batman themed, but still versatile enough that it could be used anywhere (like a mancave) and that a child wouldn’t outgrow one day. So during one of our walks through Home Depot, which feels like a second home now, I noticed the 12ft x 1ft boards in the unfinished wood section (by the shelving). One of the boards costs about $13.00. It was the perfect medium for what I had in mind…..

Hubby and I bought one of the boards and once home we (ahem, he) sawed it in half to get two 1ft x  3ft pieces.

DIY BATMAN ArtI wanted a horizontal piece made of the 2 boards so we lined them up and marked them where we would place dowels. Continue reading

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From Wedding Mirror to Corkboard

I have a little bit of a confession (stick around and you will probably read a lot of those), but my family inherited the hoarding gene, BAD. Both my parents have had a hard time letting go of things with sentimental value and sadly enough they passed that trait onto me.

Disclaimer: We are not like those people in the TV show, Hoarders, so don’t freak out just yet.

That being said there are still some things lying around my parents house, garage and shed that they just can’t let go. For example, my parents received an octagonal mirror as a wedding gift over 33 years ago that they could never let go. It’s not the prettiest of things and it’s made of plastic, but I always liked the shape… I guess they did too. They didn’t really have a use for it, so I offered to take it to my new home. But with just my luck, the mirror breaks during the move. Leave it to me to break something that lasted over 33 years!

Oh yeah, did I mention, I have the clumsy gene too…

Okay, so this is what I had left to work with…. and still I just could not throw it away especially since my parents kept it for so long. I felt really bad….

Mirror to Corkboard

Okay, so what to do? Continue reading